6 strokes
old 老 (耂)
old man, old age, grow old
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
803 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 老 【ロウ】 old age, age, old people, the old, the aged, senior, elder, I, me, my humble self
  • 老化 【ロウカ】 ageing, aging, senile deterioration
  • 養老 【ヨウロウ】 making provision for the elderly, making provision for one's old age, spending one's old age in comfort, Yōrō era (717.11.17-724.2.4)
  • 敬老 【ケイロウ】 respect for the aged

Kun reading compounds

  • 老いる 【おいる】 to age, to grow old
  • 老ける 【ふける】 to age, to grow old (esp. in appearance), to show marks of age


Japanese names:
えび、 おい、 び
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • envejecer
  • viejo
  • experimentado
  • hacerse viejo


  • velho
  • velhice
  • envelhecer


  • vieillard
  • âgé
  • vieillir
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